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-terrorist official tells the u.s. to focus -- economic targets like banks and stock exchanges. at the same time, developments on the battlefields in afghanistan and pakistan that are linked to the plot, apparently. here are key points. authorities say a german citizen of afghan descent is in custody spelling out the terror plan, like the terror plot in mumbai that killed 164 people two years ago. osama bin laden apparently approved the plan. no word so far if threats were also made against the united states. now, to the war zone in afghanistan and pakistan. nato says an air strike killed a top al qaeda commander in northern afghanistan along its border with pakistan. the u.s. recently increased the number of drone attacks in pakistan, and this may be due in part to information on the terror plot. drone targets in pakistan include taliban and al qaeda forces and militants linked to al qaeda. and the taliban denied claims made by the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, that the taliban wants, was in contact with afghan government officials about possible peace talks. there'
. >> reporter: well, katie, yes, they are. u.s. and european officials say the plot called for a spectacular multipronged attack on numerous cities in great britain, france, denmark, and germany. teams of terrorists, trained by an al qaeda-linked group along the pakistan-afghan border, plan to carry out commando-style shooting sprees. patterned on the mumbai attacks of 2008. sources describe the plot as credible, but say it was discovered at an early stage and had not gone operational. still, terror experts say there is much they don't know. >> the only thing i think that is fairly, fairly concrete is that it would have taken place in germany and other european countries. >> reporter: intelligence officials are concerned that squads of trained terrorists are still on the loose, so plot has not been completely wrapped up. >> they know that al qaeda intends to send operatives into western capitals with mumbai-style attacks against soft targets in cities. but they don't know who they are. they don't necessarily know where they are. 7. >> reporter: while there is no indication this particular pl
? congratulations. you get the book. appreciate it. that's it for us. situation room with wolf blitzer next. >>> new evidence that the man trying to bomb times square in new york city didn't plan to stop there. this hour, we're learning more about the terror threats then and now including a potential plot to attack high-profile targets in europe. >>> also, the california governor's race gets combustible with new allegations leveled by a former housekeeper to republican candidate meg whitman. stand by for the story and brand new polls on some of the hottest political races in the nation. some will surpriseyou. our investigative correspondent will reveal how she was almost punked. political activist tried to create a fake story and embarrass cnn. wait until you hear and see these very strange details. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room". >>> threatened to be the most serious terror attacks since 9/11. now we're learning that he had over targets as well. a potential terror plot in europe that may have been green lighted by osama bin laden himself. let's bring in homeland security correspon
afford it. get california working again-for all of us. >> couric: tonight the threat of terror, a plot is uncovered for a series of attacks across europe and prosecutors say a simulation shows that the failed attack in times square would have been devastating. i'm katie couric. also tonight, new safety questions about regional jets. after landing gear failures on a number of canadian-built planes. >> stay down! stay down! >> couric: and a new treatment for the most common cancer in babies and children produces exciting results. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. the world watched stunned as terrorists trained in pakistan attacked mumbai, india, nearly two years ago. they killed more than 170 people and wounded 300. now officials say terrorists tied to al qaeda have been planning new attacks just like it in europe, and some of the recent c.i.a. drone attacks in pakistan may have been launched to disrupt the plot. justice correspondent bob orr is following t
to seeing you once again. thanks for being with us. we'll look forward to seeing you again here on "rick's list" at 3:00, 4:00, and 8:00. here's wolf blitzer in "the situation room". >> bill clinton points a finger at the person he says flaked out in the mid-east peace process. and the former president warns democrats not to play games and answer as personal health question that a lot of people are asking right now. plus, defeat for lady gaga. another gay-rights activist, the senate fails to move forward with legislation that would end, don't ask, don't tell. what do opponents of the military policy do now? and a new lightning rod of the tea party politics movement fights a group that says she's a crook. we're investigating the allegations against christine o'donnell. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a warning today from israel's chief, that a new round of violence could explode. i spoke today with a veteran of middle east diplomacy. the former president of the united states bill clinton holding the conference in new york city. we covered a wide range of topics. firs
months ago this week, a top to bottom overhaul of u.s. health care, an overhaul that presidents dating back to teddy roosevelt have contemplated, debated, or attempted. six months ago, it was sign into law by president obama. today as you may have seen live here on cnn, the president talking about provisions of that law that come into force this week. this is the first of that health care bill. it's what the white house calls a patients' bill of rights. he's just about the only democrat who is going to use health and reform in the same sentence because the reason has to do with the calendar. we're 40 days away from the elections where every single house seat and 37 senate seats are up for grabs. voters are split to say the least. 40% of americans favor reform, 56% oppose it. there are some tricks to that poll because the 56% oppose, some oppose because it didn't go far enough. most say it's too liberal, but a sizable chunk says it doesn't go far enough. when we ask which party can handle the issue better, it's a dead heat. all of this forms a backdrop to the president's visit to a fami
you can't embarrass congress. >> there you go, thanks for inviting us into your home. that's the issue of the report, fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: i'm shepard smith. this is the fox report. gunman with an ak 47 on a college campus. plus north korea appears set to get a third generation dictator. the north korean leader kim jung-il giving his son a big promotion. that could lead to the country's top job. >> he's going to try to be a mini me dictator. i don't think he's going to have the means to do it. >> steve: tonight a close-up look at the dictator family that controls a nuclear nation. targeting terror. we'll see how the c.i.a. is reportedly using drone strikes to try to prevent a terrorist attack. plus, a discovery some scientists say could help end migraines. >> it's there in the nerve cells that gauge whether or not pain is being transmitted. >> shepard: it's not just headache sufferers who might benefit. tonight replevy in our dna. a deadly day on the campus of a major american university. swat tanks rolling down the streets of the university of texas at
the lawsuit dismissed saying it requires the u.s. to disclose highly classified information. >>> the fbi searching homes and offices in minneapolis and chicago, all part of what it calls the materiel support of terrorism. one activist says he and others were served s e ed subpoenas toy before the grand jury. no one arrested. >>> two astronauts and one cosmonaut back on earth. the soyuz spacecraft landed in kazakhstan this morning. the return delayed a day after an unducking glitch. >>> a christian outreach concert scheduled for soldiers and families in ft. bragg, north carolina, crosses the line. general david petraeus says he worries that the muslim overzellous on the christians' faith. he's talking about people who insult islam for calling it an evil and wicked religion. so what's the controversy? just this. the event at ft. bragg is being held by evangelist billy graham and his son franklin, and it's franklin graham has said it's evil and wicked. will it be a problem for our commander overseas? a special report by pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. >> reporter: the christian conce
consecutive year, 11:30 eastern on nbc. thanks for joining us. "ac 360" is next. >>> thanks, larry, and thanks for joining us. >>> tonight, can someone in a u.s. senator's office post a hate-filled death threat online and get away with it? it took amateurs just hours to trace the computer so why is it taking folks in congress days to find the computer user? we're keeping them honest. also tonight a congressional candidate comes out with an over the top political ad about the proposed islamic center near ground zero using the term muslim and terrorist interchangeably. is she using ground zero to boost her trailing campaign? we'll ask her, tonight. and the shocking new revelations in that connecticut home invasion horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing at the bit to do the crime. tonight you'll see their texts and hear what happened in court today. >>> we begin keeping them honest as we always do with an internet slur and death threat sent from the office of a u.s. senator. our question tonight, wh
that really makes me feel good. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. tonight we'll devote the better part of this hour to the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. ted haggard faced his own sex scandal. but we want to catch up on some of the top stories. >>> the water left behind in the midwest from recent storms is causing big problems. torrential downpours caused flooding. it's expected to last throughout the weekend. >>> a federal judge is ordering the air force to reinstate an openly lesbian flight nurse. major margaret witt was discharged in 2007 under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. but the judge said it violated witt's constitutional rights. they blocked a bill that would have repealed the "don't ask, don't tell." >>> the separation of church and state watchdog group staged at fort bragg, north carolina. it was put on by the billy graham evangelistic association, which has staged similar events on other u.s. military bases. critics said the gathering blurred the line between the state, in this case, the military and religion. >>> th
home and making a leaving. part two of our series, "making money on youtube." thanks for joining us, a packed house, a minister under fire, and the words everyone was waiting to hear. >> i am not a perfect man. but this thing i'm going to fight. >> bishopety long, leader of a suburban atlanta mega church. he took to the pulpit for the first time since being accused of having sexual relations with four young men who had been in his church. long didn't address any of the specifics in the civil lawsuits against him, but he repeatedly quoted scripture invoking the image of himself as a righteous and innocent man under attack by evil forces. as a matter of fact, he said, david and goliath a lot. martin savidge joins us. he was at today's service. were the congregation pleased with what they heard or not? >> i think overall, clearly he was in his element here and he spoke eloquently. he delivered his lines very well and many people left feeling more comfortable than when they went in. we were there when people started to go in at 5:30 in the morning, actually, people were in the parking l
to heart attacks. avandia in the u.s. much harder to get now. >>> and what did the pope know about sex abuse cases and when did he know it? we investigate one case from the american heartland. >>> and the senate had questions about bishop eddie long and other mega church pastors back in 2007. but that whole investigation just kind of faded away. we're trying to find out why. >>> i'm kyra phillips and you are live in "the cnn newsroom." >>> americans had been tuning in to jon stewart and steven colbert for reliable come eddic relief from the news, right? it's hard to tell where the sarcasm and satire end and the serious begins. you see newsmakers going on "the daily show" to talk about very sere youz topics. last night king abdullah of jordan had a warning about middle east peace talks. >> the discussions that we had in washington started out better than any of us could have expected. both sides made a lot of ground. and if the issues of settlements on the table on the 30th, everybody walks away and how will we get people back to the table? i don't see that happening in the near future
>>> thanks for joining us. >>> tonight, can someone in a u.s. senator's office post a hate-filled death threat online and get away with it? it took amateurs hours to trace the computer, so why is it taking folks in congress days to find the computer user? we're keeping them honest. >>> also tonight a congressional candidate comes out with an over the top political ad about the proposed islamic center near ground zero using the term muslim and terrorist interchangeably. is she using ground zero to boost a trailing campaign? we're going to ask her tonight. and the shocking new revelations in that connecticut home invasion horror. horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing at the bit to do the crime. tonight you'll see their texts. boost a trailing campaign? we'll ask her, tonight. and the shocking new revelations in the connecticut home invasion horror. family held hostage and assaulted and killed, all the while the alleged murderers were texting each other, talking about champing a
. >>> good evening everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. tonight we're going to devote the better part of this hour to a discussion about the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. among those joining us ted haggard a man who faced his own sex scandal while a minister but first we want to catch up on the top stories. they are drying out in the upper midwest but the water left behind from recent storms is causing big problems. torrential downpours have led to days of rising flood waters in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. no reports of deaths or injuries though. but the flooding is expected to last throughout the weekend. a federal judge is ordering the air force to reinstate an openly lesbian flight nurse. major margaret witt was discharged in 2007 under the military's don't ask don't tell policy but the judge ruled the discharge violated witt's constitutional rights. this past week the senate blocked a defense bill that would have repealed don't ask don't tell. a watch dog group for the separation of church and state is criticizing a concert staged today at fort bragg, c
up, what are we going to do, give up, stop fighting? >> thank you for joining us today. we're hoping you connect to us on twitter. we do read every single one of the messages you post there or on facebook. make sure you join us every week for "your money" saturdays and sundays. you can log on to cnnmoney.com. have a great weekend. >>> seven steps to saving money, we start your home from your thermostat to your dishwasher. >>> a mirror mission goes viral. now in the running to become the most popular video in the world. we'll show you our other contenders in our 3:00 p.m. hour. >>> changes in health care went into effect this week. coming up we'll tell you how those changes could impact your next doctor's visit. you're in the cnn newsroom, where the news unfolds live this saturday. >>> up first, national security and the case of a yemeni american cleric by the name of anwar al aawaki. he's suing to prevent the u.s. government from targeting awlaki. he's been linked to al qaeda. the u.s. believes he's hiding in yemen. chris lawrence has been following all of this from washington. what
for what you're doing. >> thanks. >> that's all of the time that we have today. i'm wolf blitzer. join us weekdays in "the situation room" 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern every saturday at 6:00 p.m. eastern right here at cnn, and at that time, every weekend on cnn international. the news continues next on cnn. >>> hello, everyone i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. tonight, we're going to devote the better part of this hour to a discussion about the controversy swirling around bishop eddie long. among those joinings tonight ted hag art a man who faced his own sexual scandal while still a minister. there he is live. he'll join us in just a bit but first 60 seconds catch you up on today's top stories. >>> the torrential rains in the upper midwest are gone but the water left behind is causing big problems. thursday's downpours have told a week end of cresting creeks and rivers in parts of minnesota and wisconsin. no reports of deaths or injuries though but flooding is expected to last through the weekend. >>> the obama administration is asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed on beh
't afford the internet. you have free internet. you can teach them how to use the internet for educational purposes. >> they have wonderful videos. >> they've got dvds, they've got video, all kinds of educational trips. want to go to italy? rent the video for a whole week. it's actually a very wonderful resource. >> ask a young child in india what they want to be, they say a software engineer. ask the kids in america, they want to be a star. >> don't forget to tune in at 1:00 p.m. and tomorrow at 3k to all a ali velshi. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> people on this saturday morning waking up to severe west. the governors in minnesota and wisconsin declaring states of emergency. >>> plus 38 days from midterm elections and 38 days and two years from the 2012 presidential election. we're going to tell you who's headed there today. from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning." good morning to you all. i'm joe griffin in for t.j. this morning. thanks for starting your day with us. >>> also coming up in the next 90 minutes, these stories. the fbi raiding many groups in the midw
by urging the dismissal of a suit filed against the u.s. government. and bishop eddie long is facing another allegation of sexual misconduct. a fourth lawsuit has been filed against the pastor. and a federal judge has ruled against a military's don't ask, don't tell policy. we'll hear from an openly gay former air force nurse who was just reinstated years after her discharge. >>> up first, national security and the case of yemeni american clairic al awlaki. the obama administration is asking the judge to dismiss a case filed on behalf of the cleric's father. chris, what is this suit about and why is this administration trying to have it dismissed? >> what's going on is the fact that the u.s. government is claiming that they have a state secret privilege. in other words, they feel that to grant this injunction would expose a lot of the ways in which the military and intelligence officials are operating around the globe to fight terrorists. you've got two issues here. on one hand, the aclu is saying awlaki, even though he lives in yemen, is still a united states citizen and u.s. officials have
's on a cia military hit list to be killed or captured. al awlaki's father is suing the u.s. from going after him. the u.s. secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and director of the cia want that lawsuit dismissed. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is watching the developments from washington. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for
for us. thanks for joining us. we'll see you tomorrow bright and early. be there. with bells on. the news continues on cnn with kyra phillips. >> good morning. here is what we're working on this morning for you. >> down. stay down. heads down. stay down. >> cell phone cameras catch the fear during an emergency landing. how a pilot saved the day for 64 people. tackling arizona politics, protester confronts senator john mccain and ends up on the ground. you'll see the entire video. and if you're digging into breakfast is your cereal organic? we're looking at the difference in price, taste and health benefits as we kick off a week and a long focus on food. 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. you're live in the cnn newsroom. >>> the leader of one of the nation's most influential black mega choyfrps says he is ready to fight against allegations that he pray preyed on four young men to force them into sexual relationships. eddy long stood at the pulpit defending himself at georgia's new birth missionary baptist church. >> as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man. but this thing i'
. >> for the first time we hear american soldiers accused of taking part if a death squad. could the u.s. army have prevented this civilian massacre? brian ross investigates. >>> fake arrest. you're watching a california cop handcuff a teenager in his living room. his parents watching and thrilling. the boy's crime, having sex with the officer's stepdaughter. was this an abuse of power? the boy's parents join us live exclusively. >>> pandemonium. it may be the toughest job in the world to get. why 62,000 people applied for a chance to spend time with these giant pandas. >>> all over the world, 62,000 applications to spend a month with these bears. >> do you blame them? >> they are cute. we hope you had a great weekend. >>> including the leader of that megachurch vowing to fight sexual abuse charges leveled by four young men he had been working with. >> take a look at this. cell phone video taken inside a plane. the landing gear failing to activate. passengers told -- you see, keep their heads down. sparks flyout side the win dove. the pilot able to land safely. what it was like on that flight. >> t
states. john hendren, abc news, the white house. >>> the fbi says the car used in dramatic south florida bank robbery has now been found. investigators will begin going over the car today. strapped what they said was a bomb to a bank teller's chest. then they made him withdraw a large sum of money. abc news has learned the bomb turned out to be a fake. >>> a vacation ended in tragedy for a busload of tourists from at least 12 people were killed when their bus apparently crashed into a bridge support on a joer man highway near berlin. dozens of people were also hurt. police say the bus was forced off the highway by a car which was trying to merge. the group was returning home after a trip to spain. >>> south korean automaker hyundai is recall something popular new cars. steering wheel defects in its sonata sedans forced the recall. they love 2011 models built before september 10th. no crashes or injuries have been reported. owners should take their cars to the dealer for inspection or repairs. >>> it was not the usual sunday sermon at one of the nation's largest churches. bishop eddie lon
to you. i'm drew griffin in for t.j. this morning. thanks for starting your day with us. >>> let's check the top stories. a greater sense of security in the nation's largest subway system. 500 additional surveillance cameras online this morning and up and running in new york's underground. police say the goal is to better prevent crime and possible terror attacks on the subway system. a plane bound for pakistan made an emergency landing in stockholm, sweden, early this morning. police have now arrested one passenger. authorities say a tipster called to say the man was carrying explosives. police have yet to confirmed that story. all 260 people on board the plane have been evacuated. they are okay. >>> in south florida, no arrests yet after friday's bizarre bank robbery. this is near miami. police say several men forced a teller to rob his own bank by strapping a supposed bomb on the teller. nobody hurt. the device was dee activated. >>> there are new developments today in the deepening sex scandal at one of the largest churches in the u.s. a fourth man has filed a lawsuit accusing bishop
destroys books, one author's work is rubbing the military the wrong way. he'll join us in the 4:00 eastern hour to talk about the pentagon's decision. and a student film on steroids now going viral on the web. we'll check out all of the top clips from this week coming up in the 5:00 eastern hour. with television cameras rolling and a jam packed congregation listening, megachurch leader eddie long took to the pulpit today for the first time in days to address allegations he sexually abused young men. four lawsuits filed against him last week claim that he coerced young men into sexual relationships during overnight trips and then lavished them with expensive gifts. here's how bishop long responded this morning. [ applause ] >> there have been allegations and attacks made on me. i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. that's not me. as i said earlier, i am not a perfect man but this thing i am going to fight. i want you to know one other thing. i feel like david against goliath but i got five rocks and i phoned
to cnn.com/amfix. >> let us know whether you'd eat that salmon. we've been talking about it in the newsroom. >> you could eat more of it for the same price. would you want to? >>> we begin with the big buzz in washington over a new book by bob woodward, it's called "obama's wars" and paints a picture of a president who was anxious to get out of afghanistan. >> ed henry joins us live from the big house on pennsylvania avenue this morning with the developing story. ed, if the story is accurate and bob woodward is known to be accurate, this president has had a touchy relationship with his top military people. >> you're right. we don't have a copy of the book yet, but it has a track record, published a couple dozen books, most of them considered pretty darn accurate. this is going to be a difficult story for this white house to handle. if you go through the details of this. broad brush we've known that there's division, there has been division, there's division in every administration over war, policy, et cetera. the extent, the details spilling out cannot be good for the whi
of using his authority to coerce two young men into having sex. the young men claim they were then given lavish trips, cars and even cash. they are now suing long, who is pastor of one of the nation's biggest baptist churches. >>> a man from western new york is on his way back to north carolina, charged with killing a police chief's daughter. michael harvey appeared before a judge in new york yesterday. harry very reportedly told police valerie hamilton died after an accidental overdose of heroin. at a church in her hometown outside charlotte. >>> eight city officials from bell, california, are due in court this morning on corruption charges. they're accused of paying themselves huge salaries in a scandal that triggered outrange far beyond california. here now is mike von fremd. >> reporter: a rauk does crowd gathered outside city hall as word spread that officials were being rounded up and arrested. one even had his door broken down by a police battering ram. >> they used the tax dollars collected from the hard-working citizens of bell as their own piggy bank, which they then looted at
>>> good morning. thank you for joining us on "good morning maryland" at 9:00. i'm megan pringle. jamie will be back tomorrow. we're all about business today. just to give you an idea, we have two lawyers, a finance woman giving us advice about college and statement investments. also we're going to be talking to carl delmont, our money mortgage man. all about the business today. >>> first, today's hot topic. today's topic, a story about teenaged sex and angry father who may have gone a little too far to protect his daughter. the father is a police officer and now he's the subject of an investigation after he handcuffed and pretended to arrest his testimonydaughter's boyfriend after finding out the two teens were having sex. stepdaughter's. david wright has more. >> reporter: the scene looks real enough to be very intimidating. the san jose police officer in full uniform stands tall in his boots over a 15-year-old defendant in handcuffs. >> reporter: bear in mind the officer is the angry father of the 14-year-old girl the boy had sex with. >> if i see you anywhere around the house
bowers is in portage, wisconsin to bring us up to date. good morning, cindy. >> reporter: good morning, maggie. this earthen he levee is part of a series of dikes built mostly sand way back in the 1890s. sunday parts began to erode or give way as people in the historic town of portage are seeing the wisconsin river at its highest level since 1938. here in portage, the wisconsin river reached 20.5 feet sunday. that's even higher than the predicted crest, which forecastrs said wouldn't come until later today. 300 residents were asked to evacuate but those who stayed behind were trapped when local highways were shut down. >> they told us that we have -- that we had ten minutes to get out of there because they are blocking off all the roads back there. >> reporter: all this flooding was the result of extraordinarily heavy rains that fell across the upper midwest last week, as much as 10 to 12 inches in some areas. in the western wisconsin town of arcadia, some folks were allowed to return to their homes only to find their belongings water-logged. >> phone calls from a few friends letting m
>> all right. a lot of happy people at ike's at this point. >> that is going to do it for us. than >>> tonight on "world news," terror warning. top government security officials tell why they're concerned about another terrorist attack. >>> hot seat. angry victims confront the giant egg producer about the salmonella in his eggs. >>> about face. an original promoter of lasik eye surgery now says he was wrong and lasik surgery should stop. >>> sex trade. 12 and 13-year-old girls recruited at the mall. a "world news" investigation. >>> and, bible wonder. the red sea simply parts for moses. 21st century science has a new idea of what really might have happened. >>> good evening. since 9/11, all of us in america have lived with the prospect of another terrorist attack. and today, top counterterrorism officials appear before congress with a warning. they said the danger is as grave as it has been since september 11th, nine years ago, and they said al qaeda has new ways of recruiting people inside this country. pierre thomas followed all the testimony today and joins us now. pierre? >> re
following this story and he joins us now from decatur, georgia. ron, good morning. >> hey, thomas. good day to you. eddie long is one of the most popular ministers in this country he built a religious empire in the atlanta area and some say these are simple attempts to bring all of that down. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. somebody needs to bless god for that. >> reporter: he's hosted presidents like here at the funeral of coretta scott king. >> we thank the king family and we're in much prayer for you. >> reporter: he preaches to tens of thousands at his mega church outside atlanta. he counseled president clinton during the lewinsky scandal and an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. but today eddie long, who calls himself bishop, stands alone in the hot spotlight, sued in civil court by three former male members of his church for sexual coercion. no criminal charges have been filed. they say long introduced him to his world of luxury, private jets, rolls royces and even putting them on the church payroll while pressuring them into having sex. >> the bishop was grooming young
mortgages. elizabeth warren joins us live in ten minutes. >>> rebuilding haiti. eight months after a devastating earthquake, how much progress is being made and is the world doing enough to help? jason carroll just ahead. >>> we have the a.m. fix blog ahead. head to cnn.com/amfix. >>> up first this morning, laying out the blueprint. today, republican leaders will tell voters how they would govern if they take about congress in november, in a 21-page pledge to america. >> yes, we have a copy here at cnn. it basically plans to unravel, in some cases, president obama's first two years in office. it first starts by a saying, quote, the arrow go and out of touch government of self-appointed elites makes decisions issues mandates and e-mails laws without. >> and that means big changes are finally kick in for you. that could reignite the fight over reform just in time for the midterm elections. jim acosta live for us in washington breaking it down. good morning, jim. >> good morning, john and kiran. no big parties for the six-month anniversary of health care reform today, a slew of provis
know, it's interesting that he used the analogy of talking and describing himself as david up against a goliath when, in fact, he is the leader of one of the largest churches in the united states. he knows presidents and he knows world leaders. so it's hard to imagine that he really is kind of this small individual going up against a giant. i guess in other words, he is trying to portray that the young men who have come forward or their defense team, their legal team is being some sort of goliath. so it's not interesting picture that he tried to portray. he did a very good job, though, of appealing to his congregation whether they truly feel they've heard the truth remains to be seen. we haven't been able to talk to them. we're sequestered in this room here. >> let's bring in don lemon, cnn anchor and reporter, who has been not only covering this but also talking to some members of the congregation. don, martin said it was interesting that he picked david vs. goliath because in many ways the four young men who are accusing the pastor of coercing them into a sexual relationship, i beli
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weather center tracking all of this for us this morning. so are they still in a situation where the waters are still rising now? >> no, the river at least at portage did crest last night. but it's going to remain above flood stage for quite some time. not only across wisconsin, but southern and central parts of minnesota. we've got all these rivers that are actually draining into the mississippi. and we're going to see some issues, i think, downstream from there, as well. so that's issue number one. issue number two is -- more immediate concerns, what's going on in portage. here's where the river crested. the record is is 20.5 feet. it crested just above that last night. and now it's at about 20.2 feet. we're at near record strange. major flood stage, but not expected to come back down below flood stage really until late wednesday into thursday. so we've got quite some time before this river really gets below the danger zone. and what i mean by danger zone is, well, usually after a river crests, we can relax, but because of this situation where you have all of that pressure on this very, v
document. back in 1994, republicans used the contract with america to take back control of the house of representatives swells take back the senate. what we have seen this morning is house republicans are unveiling this pledge with america, but the bottom line is what they're trying to do is tell voters voss the country, look, we are going to reform washington. we lost our way for the past eight years or so, but we are going to help you out. what democrats have done over the past couple of years is not enough. >> are all republicans on board with this pledge? >> well, you know, mixed reviews. national review, a very well respected weekly magazine says that we'll take the pledge. they say -- they compare it to the contract with america. they say the inevitable question is -- is the pledge as bold as the contract? their answer, the pledge is bolder, but we are hearing a different theme from red state, a very nunsial blogging site. they say when aamerica needs a bold, simple fresh plan to put america on the path to constitutional insanity, we get an 8,000 word term paper of inside the b
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. natalie morales will join us for a live report. >>> what's it like to be a member of a polygamist family? one man and his four wives are here in the studio to talk about it in a live interview. >> let us begin with a check of the top stories. >> thank you so much. good morning. >>> in the news this morning, president obama challenging world leaders to support a peace deal and if they do, he says, it may lead to a new member of the u.n. an independent state of palestine living in peace with israel by this time next year. on wednesday the president said the u.s. will continue to help developing countries but instead of buying short-term solutions, he said, the focus will be more on diplomacy and investment to help nations prosper. >>> nato confirms the taliban commander has been captured in southern afghanistan. the commander helped supply militants in the area with money for weapons. >>> in iowa egg producer testified before congress on wednesday apologized for salmonella outbreak that sickened 1600 people and led to a massive egg recall. a second egg producer took the fifth amendment. >>
here's to the owners showing us the way. [trumpet playing "reveille" fades to silence] >>> right now on msnbc sunday, the pastor of a georgia mega church is expected to address his congregation this hour. we've got a live report coming up. >>> back to court, the american student known as foxy knoxy faces another trial this week in italy and we're going to tell you why. >>> yard sales, the woman known as octomom tries selling her stuff to avoid foreclosure. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. this morning, the influential pastor at the center of a sexual scandal will address the allegations against him this morning. four men now say bishop eddie young lurd them into sexual relationships when they were teens. bishop long has denied all of the allegations. i'm joined now live by the reverend eugene rivers, pastor of the izuzu christian community and a msnbc political analyst. how are you doing? >> i'm well, alex thank you. and you? >> i'm well, thank you. first of all, your reaction to what's happening there in georgia? >> first, prayers to the family, the wife and the kids a
. >> good to see you again. ted turner, thank you and thanks to all of us for joining us today. we're hoping you connect to us on twitter. for my cohost, we do read every single one of the messages you post there or on facebook. join us every weekend. you can also log on 24/7 to cnnmoney.com. have a great weekend. >>> a look at the headlines in the "newsroom." bishop eddie long speaks. he says he'll fight lawsuits saying he coerced young men into having sex. >>> a memoir the defense department doesn't want you to read. it has destroyed thousands of copies. we'll talk to the author of "operation dark heart." >>> and did you have trouble watching nickelodeon yesterday? well, that was the idea. the children's network going dark long enough for you and your kids to go out and play. we'll tell you why. >>> our top story, bishop eddie long is speaking out about the sex scandal that's enveloped his atlanta-n atlanta-area megachurch. today he addressed allegations of sex with young men from the pulpit. he said while he's never professed to be a perfect man, he said he's not the man that's being port
this hour. the prosecutor says they used the town as their personal piggy bank. >> new provisions of the health care law are kibing in. >>> good morning, i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here, right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> a mega church pastor facing a monumental legal battle. bishop eddie long, leader of a 25,000 member congregation here in atlanta denies allegations that he used his position to coerce two young men into sexual relationships when they were teenagers. >> angels were flying around my bed all night all day! >> reporter: bishop eddie long's fiery sermons have made her a revered evangelical pastor. >> eddie long offers himself up as this kind of man's man, the quintessential man. he's a successful businessman. he's a successful preacher. he has a beautiful family. he drives a fancy car. he wears customed tailored cloenls, and in some ways some would argue he's the man all women want and all men are suppose to the aspire to be. >> reporter: two young men, former church members, say bishop eddie long used his spirit chal authority to man in la
, my name is drew griffin. thank you for starting the day with us. >>> let's check our top stories now. the pentagon says it bought and did burn thousands of copies of an army officer's memoirs to protect national security. the pentagon says that book, "operation dark heart," contained sensitive details about u.s. operations in afghanistan. written by lieutenant colonel anthony schaefer who says the government is trying to suppress his story of black operations in afghanistan. >>> one person dead, four others hospitalized after a shooting here near seat animal -- seton hall university. jessica moore after a man tried to crash a party, failed, and returned are a gun. he opened fire on the people, the party, and fled. >>> in chile, a rescue can sul on the scene where 33 -- capsule on the scene where 33 miners remain trappeded, that capsule could speed up their rescue. the men have been trapped since august. >>> the story people are watching is the story of pastor eddie long. the new birth church expected to talk about the allegations that surfaced this week about him having swiexual rela
bishop long used his spiritual authority to coerce and manipulate them into destructive sexual relationships. 20-year-old maurice robinson and 21-year-old anthony flag say they met eddie long through the bishop's longfellow youth academy. >> he would use biblical stories to talk about how important it was to follow your leader and master. and let him know that the acts that he was engaged in were not necessarily meaning that he was a homosexual. >> reporter: the spokesman tells cnn he adamantly denies the allegations, the young men allege long made them his spiritual sons in a private ceremony called a covenant. >> within that covenant, it was essentially a marriage ceremony where there was a candles, exchange of jewelry. and biblical quotes given in order for anthony to know and for the bishop to tell him i will always have your back and you will always have mine. >> in the name of jesus. >> reporter: he built a spiritual empire by sheer force of personality. new birth church had 300 members some 20 years ago. today, it has more than 25,000 members. when coretta scott king die
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